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Watch The Sims Do The Harlem Shake

Gangnam what? The Harlem Shake has become the latest dance craze and viral sensation, with Baauer's single "Harlem Shake" making its way to the top of iTunes download list. The song's fast rise to popularity followed a viral video featuring a bunch of costumed guys doing a dance to it, which has since been mimicked and revised in various videos that followed, including one that uses EA's popular game The Sims.

For reference, here's the video, which was posted earlier in February and features the song with four guys dancing to it.

EW noted the song's #1 spot on iTunes on Sunday, pointing out that the song, which debuted last May (2012), managed to rise above One Direction's "One Way or Another (Teenage Kicks)," Macklemore and Ryan Lewis' "Thrift Shop" and Rihanna's "Stay." In addition to the video above, EW post a few other of the thousands of follow-up videos that have been posted, including one featuring firefighters and another set underwater.

With so many attempts to capture the dance with some added originality, it's hard to imagine what anyone will come up with next. But I personally love this one, which uses the video game The Sims 3 to recreate the dance.

If you're familiar with the game, then you know that the simulation video game and the various expansion packs that have followed include costumes and supernatural characters, which is how the creator of this video was able to get especially creative, beginning with a room full of people and one helmeted dancer, taking the traditional solo portion of the dance. That leads into a party of costumed and supernatural Sims dancing. The llama man is fittingly at the center, but there's also a zombie, a costumed hot dog man, a costumed gnome guy and a mummy. You can also see the Grim Reaper rocking out in the background. I think there might've also been a horse in there somewhere.

Kelly West
Kelly West

Kelly joined CinemaBlend as a freelance TV news writer in 2006 and went on to serve as the site’s TV Editor before moving over to other roles on the site. At present, she’s an Assistant Managing Editor who spends much of her time brainstorming and editing feature content on the site.